The McPherson Opera House is participating in Manhattan Short, a week-long global film festival where filmgoers are the judge.
More than 500 films from 49 countries were selected to take part, and 10 finalists will compete among the 100,000 worldwide voters.
The 10 short films, which range in length from 8:25 to 18:57 minutes, will be shown back-to-back starting at 7 p.m. today at the McPherson Opera House. Cost is $5 per person, but a friend is free. Afterward, attendees will vote on their favorite film, with winners announced Oct. 7.
The shows are as follows:
“The Devil's Ballroom”: (Norway 15:30) On a perilous journey to the North Pole, an Arctic explorer makes a critical decision with lifelong consequences.
“A Curios Conjunction of Coincidences”: (The Netherlands 8:34) Bad luck connects three men together even though they live in different centuries.
“Where Does The Sea Flow”: (Russia 14:00) A mother comes to grips with a precocious young daughter and the violent circumstances of her birth.
“Two & Two”: (UK 8:25 USA Premier) In a school run by an authoritarian regime, a seemingly ridiculous decree becomes a syllabus for terror.
“Cluck”: (Ireland 18:57) Feathers are ruffled at the orphanage when a new arrival threatens to upset the pecking order.
“Behind The Mirrors”: (Peru 12:10) When one of the night's customers at a disreputable motel leaves an unexpected mess, the young manager sees an opportunity that may change his family's fortunes forever.
“The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb”: (France/UK 12:50) A monster terrorizes a town and induces collective hysteria with hilarious results.
“Superman, Spiderman or Batman”: (Romania 11.00) Inspired by his favorite comic book heroes, a young boy tries to save the day.
“'92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card”: (USA 12.00) Brothers Jim and Dave sort out their differences in extreme fashion when their father dies.
“Voice Over”: (Spain 9.50) A series of life-threatening experiences pale in comparison to a situation that requires real courage.
For more information on the 15th annual festival or its films, visit manhattanshort.com.